This last year Hopkins youth wrestling really started to grow, and growth means changes. I wanted to throw out what this growth looked like and what the changes will be in the near future for Hopkins youth wrestling.
In the 2016-17 season, there was one Hopkins youth program called the Hurricanes. That program had 15 students registered. This was a major problem. Having only 15 students between K-8 means that if Hurricanes was intended to be a feeder program, the HS would have a 7 man roster at some point. Additionally, only having 15 wrestlers means there is not enough partners for a practice to run smoothly. It is not very fun when there is a 20 pound gap between you and your partner.
In the 2017-18 season there were 49 Hurricane wrestlers and 24 wrestlers that had an extended season for Freestyle/Greco. The Freestyle/Greco club was called Hopkins Wrestling Club (HWC). That club was purely in response to parents and wrestlers looking for more opportunities.
Here are a few changes parents can look out for in response to this growth: